Creative Spaces Interviews

A Peek at the Creative Space of Sonia Gensler

Sonia Gensler is the award-winning author of Ghostlight, a contemporary middle grade novel, as well as The Dark Between and The Revenant, both young adult historical novels. She is obsessed with Gothic horror and loves to write ghostly mysteries. Sonia grew up in a small Tennessee town and ran with a dangerous pack of band and drama geeks. As an adult she experimented with a variety of impractical professions—museum interpreter, historic home director, bookseller, and perpetual graduate student—before finally deciding to share her passion for stories through teaching. She taught literature and writing to young adults for ten years and still thinks fondly of her days in the classroom.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Meg Eden

Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest was recently published from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Learn more about Meg Eden by visiting her website or following her on Twitter or Facebook.     Describe your workspace.    The couch, my bed, a booth at Chick-Fil-A, and sometimes the kitchen table. Sometimes, even my desk! But really, usually the couch with a kitten laying on me 🙂    Describe a typical workday. … Read the rest

Where Are They Now: Rosanne Parry

I originally interviewed Rosanne Parry in 2011 for Creative Spaces when she gave us a peek into her treehouse workspace. (So cool!) Her most recent book is the middle-grade novel The Turn of the Tide, which received starred reviews and was chosen as an Oregon Battle of the Books title for the 2017-2018 school year. The Turn of the Tide was released in paperback earlier this year, and guess what? I’m giving away one copy of The Turn of the Tide bundled with Rosanne’s debut novel, Heart of a Shepherd. Directions for how to enter the giveaway can be found at the end of this post.… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Alina Chau

Alina Chau is the illustrator of several picture books including Double Happiness (written by Nancy Tupper Ling), The Year of the Sheep (written by Oliver Chin), and the picture book app Pickle. Her latest picture book is The Nian Monster, written by Andrea Wang. The Nian Monster tells the story of the legendary monster who returns to Shanghai at Chinese New Year, and Xingling, the clever girl who figures out how to stop him. Publisher’s Weekly gave the book a starred review and said, “Wang’s story thrills but doesn’t threaten: Chau’s wonderfully vivid watercolors give the monster doe eyes and a round body that make him seem like a cranky, overgrown teddy bear, and Wang shares cultural information about the Chinese New Year with the lightest of touches.”… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, as well as Watch Out for Flying Kids: How Two Circuses, Two Countries and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community, and the biography Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can. The Youngest Marcher, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, is her latest book and debut picture book. The Youngest Marcher revisits the subject matter of We’ve Got a Job, but for a younger audience, focusing on the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a nine-year-old civil rights activist in 1963.… Read the rest